What does HAIL mean?

Definitions for HAILheɪl

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. hail(noun)

    precipitation of ice pellets when there are strong rising air currents

  2. hail(noun)

    many objects thrown forcefully through the air

    "a hail of pebbles"; "a hail of bullets"

  3. hail(verb)

    enthusiastic greeting

  4. acclaim, hail, herald(verb)

    praise vociferously

    "The critics hailed the young pianist as a new Rubinstein"

  5. hail, come(verb)

    be a native of

    "She hails from Kalamazoo"

  6. hail(verb)

    call for

    "hail a cab"

  7. hail, herald(verb)

    greet enthusiastically or joyfully

  8. hail(verb)

    precipitate as small ice particles

    "It hailed for an hour"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hail(noun)

    small roundish masses of ice precipitated from the clouds, where they are formed by the congelation of vapor. The separate masses or grains are called hailstones

  2. Hail(verb)

    to pour down particles of ice, or frozen vapors

  3. Hail(verb)

    to pour forcibly down, as hail

  4. Hail(adj)

    healthy. See Hale (the preferable spelling)

  5. Hail(verb)

    to call loudly to, or after; to accost; to salute; to address

  6. Hail(verb)

    to name; to designate; to call

  7. Hail(verb)

    to declare, by hailing, the port from which a vessel sails or where she is registered; hence, to sail; to come; -- used with from; as, the steamer hails from New York

  8. Hail(verb)

    to report as one's home or the place from whence one comes; to come; -- with from

  9. Hail(verb)

    an exclamation of respectful or reverent salutation, or, occasionally, of familiar greeting

  10. Hail(noun)

    a wish of health; a salutation; a loud call

  11. Origin: [See Hail, v. t.]


  1. Hail

    Hail is a form of solid precipitation. It consists of balls or irregular lumps of ice, each of which is called a hailstone. Unlike graupel, which is made of rime, and ice pellets, which are smaller and translucent, hailstones – on Earth – consist mostly of water ice and measure between 5 and 200 millimetres in diameter. The METAR reporting code for hail 5 mm or greater is GR, while smaller hailstones and graupel are coded GS. Hail is possible within most thunderstorms as it is produced by cumulonimbi, and within 2 nautical miles of the parent storm. Hail formation requires environments of strong, upward motion of air with the parent thunderstorm and lowered heights of the freezing level. In the mid-latitudes, hail forms near the interiors of continents, while in the tropics, it tends to be confined to high elevations. There are methods available to detect hail-producing thunderstorms using weather satellites and weather radar imagery. Hailstones generally fall at higher speeds as they grow in size, though complicating factors such as melting, friction with air, wind, and interaction with rain and other hailstones can slow their descent through Earth's atmosphere. Severe weather warnings are issued for hail when the stones reach a damaging size, as it can cause serious damage to human-made structures and, most commonly, farmers' crops.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Hail

    hāl, v.t. to greet: to call to, at a distance: to address one passing.—n. a call: greeting.—interj. or imper. (lit.) may you be in health.—n. Hail′-fell′ow, a familiar friend.—adj. on hearty and intimate terms—'Hail, fellow! well met,' often used as a kind of descriptive adjective.—Hail from, to come from. [Ice. heill, health.]

  2. Hail

    hāl, n. frozen rain or particles of ice falling from the clouds.—v.i. to rain hail.—v.t. to pour down in rapid succession.—ns. Hail′shot, small shot which scatters like hail; Hail′stone, a single stone or ball of hail; Hail′-storm, a storm accompanied with hail.—adj. Hail′y. [A.S. hagol; Ger. hagel.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of HAIL in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of HAIL in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Sherri McDonald:

    The hail came out of nowhere so it was kind of shocking.

  2. Psalm 148:8:

    Fire, and hail; snow, and vapours; stormy wind fulfilling his word.

  3. John Fitzgerald Kennedy:

    When asked about his favorite song, I think 'Hail to the Chief' has a nice ring to it.

  4. Joe Sirard:

    If this area does see hail, it is the size of a dime, definitely no bigger than a quarter.

  5. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    Ave Dolce Vita, Rex Regum! Hail Sweet Life, King of Kings! We love you and we believe in you!

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